Two Oceans Marathon: All You Need To Know

Make the most out of your Two Oceans weekend!


RW Editors |

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Half will take place on Saturday, 20 April 2019, with the trail runs, Nappy Dash, Friendship Run, Toddlers’ Trot, 2.1km and 5.6km taking place on Friday, 19 April.

EXPO AND REGISTRATION

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo is an opportunity for all runners to experience the latest trends in the running and sporting arena and be part of the exciting atmosphere leading up to the race. It will be taking place at the CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town.

Expo Dates and Times

The Expo will take place at the CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL 2019

11:00 – 21:00

THURSDAY, 18 APRIL 2019

11:00 – 21:00

FRIDAY, 19 APRIL 2019

09:00 – 19:00

Take time to visit the many stands to check out the latest in running technology or stock up last minute race day essentials.

Number Collection on your Behalf

If you are unable to collect your race number and merchandise for whatever reason, you may nominate a friend to do so on your behalf. This person must produce one of these forms of identification:

Email / SMS proof of your entry (this will include your Race Number)
A copy of your ID / Driver’s licence

Multiple Race Pack Collection

If you are collecting race packs on behalf of a group or team, please ensure that each runner receives his/her correct race number. This is imperative, to avoid issues in case of an emergency, or disciplinary measures after the race.

As a runner, you will receive two race numbers. These must be worn without alteration on the front and back of your upper body garment. No race numbers are to be pinned on running shorts. Please complete your medical information on the back of your race number, for quick look-up in case of an emergency.

Misuse of Race Numbers
You may not transfer your race numbers to other runners. Any runner who is found guilty of breaking this rule (the original entrant and new runner) will be disqualified from the current year’s race, and banned from a future race.


 

ULTRA STARTING TIMES:

All ultra runners start at 06:40.

HALF MARATHON STARTING TIMES:

A-C: 05:50

D: 06:00

E: 06:10

F: 06:20

ROAD CLOSURES:

For a full list of road closures on race day, click here.

56K ROUTE MAP:

HALF MARATHON ROUTE MAP


 

EVENT INFORMATION

TOG BAGS: 

Need to have your tog bag transported to the finish field while you run? A free Tog Bag Facility, will be available on Race Day. More details of the drop off points will be posted to the Two Oceans website as soon as they have been confirmed.

Please attach the label provided at the Tog Bag Truck to your tog bag, and ensure that you keep the opposing label safe while you run. You will need the matching label to claim your bag.

Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, please don’t leave expensive or valuable items in these bags as the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any losses.

PARKING:

Parking at UCT and near the start is very limited. Runners are advised to share lifts to the start and to be dropped off within walking distance.

If you purchased a pre-paid parking ticket when you entered, it will be placed in your race pack. Please ensure that you have received this parking ticket when you collect your race number! Limited Kelvin Grove pre-paid parking tickets (closest to the Start) will also be sold at the OMTOM Expo.

No parking is allowed on the M3 and anyone parking in contravention of road signs will be ticketed.There is a free Shuttle Service that runs from the UCT Visitor’s Information Centre to the various parking areas.

Seconding for 56km and 21km

The NO MOBILE SECONDING rule will be strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The STAND AND HAND rule, whereby a runner’s seconds may stand at any refreshment station on the route and hand refreshments to their athlete while they remain stationary, will apply. No seconds may travel on the route.

The race referees will deal with any transgression of this rule and the penalty may include disqualification after a warning.

ULTRA CUT OFF:

Ultra cut-off time is 7h30m.

Times are as follows: 10h10 – 25km Ultra cut-off at Sun Valley, Corsair Way 10h30 – 28km Ultra cut-off at Noordhoek Main Road 12h20 – 42.2km Ultra cut-off (outside the Oranje Mor Primary School) 14h10 – Ultra field cut-off
HALF MARATHON CUT OFF09h10 – 18km cut-off for Half Marathon at Almond Road

09h30 – Half Marathon field cut-off
Image from the OMTOM Facebook page.

RACE INFORMATION

RACE NUMBERS & KIT:

Runners will receive TWO race numbers.  These must be worn without alteration on the front and back of the upper body garment. No race numbers are to be pinned on running shorts. Please complete your medical information on the back of your race number, for quick look-up in case of an emergency.

MISUSE of Race Numbers

Runners MAY NOT TRANSFER their race numbers and/or timing chips to other runners. Any runner who is found guilty of breaking this rule (the original entrant and new runner) will be disqualified from the current year’s race, and banned from a future race.

Timing chip and times

  • Your front race number is the number with the disposable timing chip attached.
  • Please do not bend or fold your race number as this could affect the antennae and the signal capability of the chip.
  • Wear your temporary timing chip during the race to qualify for position, race time and prizes. No chip, no time.
  • Timing chip is included in your entry fee.

Remember: NO TIMING CHIP, NO RESULT. NO EXCEPTIONS.

WATER STATIONS:

22 well-stocked refreshment stations along the 56km route will ensure that every runner’s needs are adequately catered for, and 8 well-stocked refreshment stations are positioned along the half marathon route. Drinking water and Powerade will be provided throughout the race in 100ml plastic sachets (Booster Bags), while Coca-Cola will be served in 200ml Coke cups. In addition, potatoes, bananas, Ola Paddle Pops and other “morale boosters” will be available at some stations.

TOILETS:

Toilet facilities will be provided at every refreshment station and, where possible, will be located just past the station. Please use the toilets provided, and DO NOT relieve yourself in private gardens or public areas. Runners not respecting this rule will face disciplinary action.

MEDICAL:

It is imperative that runners fill in the medical information on the back of their race number. Should a runner require hospital treatment or ambulance transport, he/she will be charged according to the hospital tariff rate.

(021) 937 0324 > Please memorise this number in the case of a medical emergency. Information relating to runners who have been admitted to the Medical Tent will be available at the Information Tent next to the finish.

SUPPORTERS – WHERE TO GO AND SUPPORT

If you are wanting to follow your runner, click here for all the best spots along the route.

Two Oceans Marathon 2019 Relay – all your questions answered

The Relay is a game-changing addition to the 50th milestone Ultra Marathon event, giving yet more runners the opportunity to be a part of history

With 2019 being the 50th celebration of the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, OMTOM wanted to introduce an event that would provide a history-making opportunity for those who haven’t been able to qualify for the 56km, or who had previously run the Ultra and can no longer ‘go the full distance’ but still yearn to be a part of this year’s event.

The Relay is a Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI) race

The Relay is part of the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI) offering. The team wanted an event that underscores the social impact arm of the race and at the same time hones in on the #RunAsOne sentiment so building ‘gees’ and goodwill.

An extraordinary experience for the Relay runners themselves

Aside from helping to empower and uplift others, there is also something very special in it for the Relay participants in the form of a uniquely designed T-shirt they are encouraged to wear on race day, a stunning medal and entertainment by the Masiphumelele community at the half-way point.

A special highlight for the second-leg runners will be witnessing the start of the Half Marathon and then being transported on our buses to the 28km mark, where they kick off!

Satori Athletics Club has been tasked with helping Two Oceans Marathon at the Relay transition area at the 28km-mark in Noordhoek. The funds Satori receives will assist their development runners as well as pay those from the Masiphumulele community who are helping to provide services at the Ultra half-way and Relay transition point.

Thought you’d missed out on OMTOM 2019? Come to the party and pay it forward – there’s a spot for you in the Relay!

We are keen to make this an exciting and happy even. Some runners may have been keen on participating in OMTOM 2019 but have subsequently given up hope of being able to do so. This Relay is for you.

We’re specifically speaking to you if you’re:

  • paid-up Ultra Marathon entrant who has either been unable to qualify, or is undertrained due to injury or circumstances – and ultimately, won’t be running the 56km.
  • A runner who was desperate to participate in the Half Marathon but couldn’t secure an entry. While there are no more 21.1km entries, here’s your chance to grab a former 56km finisher as your Relay partner and be a part of our inaugural 50th milestone Ultra Marathon Relay race.
  • A runner who simply loves the idea of being part of the 2x 28km Relay, along with a team-mate!

If you fall into the category of being a 56km entrant unable to run, you’ll only need to pay in R250 extra to enter the Relay – there is no admin fee!

How to enter

What must you do? Try to find a Relay partner and make sure that between the two of you, one of you has previously run the Ultra Marathon. Entry is via Webtickets – click here


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 30: Kane Riley wins the mens 24km trail run during the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Trail and Fun runs UCT on March 30, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA)

TRAIL RUNS INFORMATION

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs take runners to the forests above UCT and both offer inspiring vistas over the peninsula on Good Friday morning – the 19th of April 2019.

Both the Short and the Long runs start at the UCT grounds and take runners along the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and nearby forests. Open to beginners and experienced trail runners, these  challenging routes boast varied terrain with steep ascents and technical descents.

Start Time

The Trail Runs will take place on Good Friday, 19 April 2019. Both routes start at the Jameson Plaza, UCT and take in sections of forest, the slopes of Devils Peak and Groote Schuur Estate, finishing on the UCT rugby fields.

  • 07:00 – 24km in batches with 10 min. intervals
  • 08:40 – 12km in batches with 10 min. intervals

Cut-off Times

Cut-off times for the 24km Trail Run are as follows:

  • 10:30 – Tafelberg Road
  • 12:30 – just after the Blockhouse
  • 13:00 – Finish Field (UCT)

Your temporary timing chip for your OMTOM 2019 Trail Run is included in your race fee and will be issued to you when you collect your race pack

Compulsory Equipment for the Trail Runs

Note: Athletes will be required to unpack their kit at the start to display their compulsory kit as listed below.

12km:

  1. Water – carry at least 1 litre (we recommend a hydration pack).
  2. Food – banana / sandwich / energy bar(s).
  3. A fully charged cell phone, in a Ziploc bag, with the emergency number (021 937 0324) saved.
  4. Race Number, pinned to your shirt.
  5. Your timing chip, attached to your race number. You will receive a temporary one as part of your entry fee.
  6. Sunblock and hat recommended.

24km:

  1. Water – carry at least 2 litres (we recommend a hydration pack).
  2. Food – banana / sandwich / energy bar(s) that will fuel you for 24km.
  3. A fully charged cell phone, in a Ziploc bag, with the emergency number (021 937 0324) saved.
  4. A waterproof (sealed seams) jacket.
  5. Race Number, pinned to your shirt
  6. Your timing chip, attached to your race number. You will receive a temporary one as part of your entry fee.
  7. Sunblock and hat.

Click here for a route map.

For more information, visit https://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/.

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